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KORTEKANGAS
Migrations

SIBELIUS
Kullervo
Finlandia

The music world was rocked in 2010 when Alex Ross of The New Yorker said the Minnesota Orchestra sounded like “the greatest orchestra in the world” in a Carnegie Hall performance of Sibelius’ Kullervo.

Hear this concert—and you’ll be wowed just like Ross and so many others. Kullervo is the darkly beautiful early work of Sibelius, and to help tell the tale of this tragic Finnish character, the Orchestra is joined by all-star vocalists including one of the world’s finest men’s choirs. Performance will feature English translations projected above the stage.

The year 2015 marks the 150th birthday of the great Finnish composer Jean Sibelius. With our own special connection to Sibelius, we’re thrilled to participate in the Sibelius 150 international jubilee. Join us for select Sibelius concerts to commemorate Finland’s most prestigious composer. Click here for more information ».

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For over forty years the Minnesota Youth Symphonies has inspired talented K-12 musicians and amazed audiences with performances of great orchestral literature. Our Winter Concert will feature the winner of our annual Symphony Solo Competition. Additional work will soon be announced.

 

The Minnesota Orchestra does not perform on this program. All artists, programs, prices, dates and times subject to change. All sales are final; no refunds. Prices listed include a non- discountable $2.50 facility fee. There is a $5.00 service charge per transaction for all phone and online orders.

 

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  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Roderick Cox, conductor
  • Black Label Movement

Recommended for grades 3-6
Violin, viola, cello and...timpani? One of these instruments doesn’t belong with the others, but which one—and why?

In this interactive concert, students help our lost musicians find their way home by investigating the musical element “timbre,” or “tone color,” and the four families of instruments. Each family gets a chance to shine as the Orchestra performs excerpts from Grieg’s Peer Gynt, Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man and Bernstein’s West Side Story. The concert also features amazing movers from Black Label Movement and music arranged by local composer Jocelyn Hagen.

A homeschool workshop is available for this performance on Jan 19, 2016 10am. Register today »

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MOZART
Symphony No. 35, Haffner

HAYDN
Symphony No. 101, The Clock

Want to learn more about classical music? Here’s a fun introduction to two of its giants. Mozart, the hipster: young, wickedly irreverent, amazingly gifted, impatient for the world to recognize his genius—you’ll hear it in the breathless rush of his Haffner Symphony. Haydn was his mentor, the granddaddy of composers, who worked the orchestra like a watchmaker crafts beautifully intricate gears with precision. Without these two greats, classical music wouldn’t be...classic!

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Please note: This event is recommended for ages 13 and over. All concerts are open to children ages 6 and over when accompanied by an adult.

About Inside the Classics

Intrigued by classical music? First, let violist-host Sam Bergman and conductor Sarah Hicks be your guides in exploring the classics through witty conversation and orchestral excerpts. Then, after intermission, experience a full performance of the featured work. View more Inside the Classics concerts »

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The MMEA All-State Choirs—Men's, Mixed and Women's—feature the top 248 high-school singers from around Minnesota. Conductors Jefferson Johnson, Janet Galván, and Bruce Rogers lead the choirs.

This program will last approximately 1 hour and 5 minutes without an intermission.

For more information please visit: www.mmea.org

The Minnesota Orchestra does not perform on this program. All artists, programs, prices, dates and times subject to change. All sales are final; no refunds. Prices listed include a non- discountable facility fee of $2.50. There are no service charges for in-person transactions at the Orchestra Hall Box Office or Minnesota Orchestra Administrative Offices. There is a $5.00 service charge per transaction for all phone and online orders.

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The MMEA All-State Bands and Orchestra feature the top 300 high school instrumentalists from across Minnesota. Conductors Peter Haberman, Mark Russell Smith and Kevin Sedatole lead the ensembles. 

This program will last approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes without an intermission.

For more information please visit: www.mmea.org

The Minnesota Orchestra does not perform on this program. All artists, programs, prices, dates and times subject to change. All sales are final; no refunds. Prices listed include a non- discountable facility fee of $2.50. There are no service charges for in-person transactions at the Orchestra Hall Box Office or Minnesota Orchestra Administrative Offices. There is a $5.00 service charge per transaction for all phone and online orders.

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  • Minnesota Orchestra
  • Sarah Hicks, conductor
  • Charles Lazarus, trumpet
  • Tommy Barbarella, keyboard
  • Jeff Bailey, bass
  • David Schmalenberger, drums and percussion
  • Tonia Hughes, vocals
  • Carin Vagle, vocals

Kick off Valentine’s Day with fresh takes on classic love songs made famous during the glamorous Big Band era, plus feel-good, grooving originals.

Revisit beloved standards including Embraceable You, Stardust and Fly Me to the Moon, and discover new favorites in the mix. Jazz trumpet plus a swinging rhythm section: it’s a cocktail of musical romance, served up just for you!

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Broadcast Partner

KBEM 88.5 Jazz 88 FM

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SIBELIUS
Symphony No. 3
Violin Concerto
Symphony No. 1

Over the years of Osmo Vänskä's leadership, the Minnesota Orchestra's regular concerts at Carnegie Hall have become sellout events.

Big Apple music-lovers know a good thing when they hear it! Now you can hear our Minnesota stars in the program they're taking to Carnegie. This all-Sibelius program features the sweeping Romanticism of the composer's early symphonies, as well as the breathtaking virtuosity of American violinist Hilary Hahn.

The year 2015 marks the 150th birthday of the great Finnish composer Jean Sibelius. With our own special connection to Sibelius, we’re thrilled to participate in the Sibelius 150 international jubilee. Join us for select Sibelius concerts to commemorate Finland’s most prestigious composer. Click here for more information »

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They fly through the air with the greatest of ease. The Peking Acrobats have been astounding audiences around the globe since 1986, and they keep right on making the impossible possible.

If it’s difficult, death-defying or downright unbelievable, it’s in the act: everything from trick cycling, juggling, precision tumbling and more … even hand-balancing atop a precarious pagoda of chairs. And it’s all accompanied by a live Chinese orchestra. Come see why the New York Post calls the Peking Acrobats “amazing—and stunning, and breathtaking and wow!”

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Please Note: The Minnesota Orchestra does not perform on this program. This event is recommended for ages 6 and over. All concerts are open to children ages 6 and over when accompanied by an adult.

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  • VocalEssence Chorus
  • Minneapolis Male Chorus
  • Morehouse College Glee Club
  • David Morrow, conductor
  • G. Phillip Shoultz III, conductor

Low notes will be high points when the internationally-renowned Morehouse College Glee Club teams up with VocalEssence to celebrate male singing.

Founded in Atlanta in 1867, Morehouse College remains the only all-male historically black college in the nation. The Glee Club is known for its musical precision, wide-ranging repertoire and distinguished alumni such as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. VocalEssence and the Glee Club will share the stage with guest conductor David Morrow, singing everything from classical favorites to the Morehouse College Glee Club anthem, “Betelehemu.”

For more information, visit www.vocalessence.org

The Minnesota Orchestral Association is pleased to provide ticketing services for the VocalEssence 2015-16 Concert Season. The Minnesota Orchestra does not perform on this program. All artists, programs, prices, dates and times subject to change. All sales are final; no refunds. Prices listed include a non-discountable $3.50 facility fee. There are no service charges for in-person transactions at the Orchestra Hall Box Office or the Minnesota Orchestra Administrative Offices. There is a $5 service charge per transaction for all phone and online orders.

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MARTIN
Concerto for Seven Winds, Timpani, Percussion, and String Orchestra

MOZART
Piano Concerto No. 21

BACH
Brandenburg Concerto No. 5

HONEGGER
Symphony No. 2

Piano virtuoso Jon Kimura Parker plays Mozart’s hauntingly beautiful Piano Concerto No. 21, then makes an amazing gear-switch to sit down at the harpsichord with a chamber ensemble for Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 5.

The program also shines a spotlight on the astonishing range and virtuosity of soloists within the Orchestra. Capping the cast is Gilbert Varga, one of the Orchestra’s favorite guest conductors. This fiery British-Hungarian has his own surprises up his sleeve, including Martin’s brilliant Concerto, and Honegger’s Second, marked by the tragedies of war but ending in triumph.

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Join a string quartet from the Minnesota Orchestra at Boom Island Brewing Company for a free Symphony and Suds micro-concert. This new initiative brings Minnesota Orchestra musicians to your favorite local brewpubs and your favorite local brews to Orchestra Hall.

After hosting our musicians on February 25, Boom Island Brewing Company will be featured at Orchestra Hall for the March 11 Inside the Classics: And Bach Begat... Minnesota Orchestra concert.

Please note: This not a ticketed event. Brewpub space and parking is limited. This event is not at Orchestra Hall. Please see off-site address listed below.

Boom Island Brewing Company
2014 N Washington Ave #300
Minneapolis, MN 55411
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#PintOfMusic

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  • Bryan Nichols, piano
  • Brandon Wozniak, saxophone
  • Jake Baldwin, trumpet
  • Jeff Bailey, bass
  • JT Bates, drums

Here’s your chance to revel in music from some of jazz’s biggest, boldest greats from our own time zone—and discover how the spirit in our own city connects with these innovators.

Think Charlie “Bird” Parker. And Lester Young, who cut his teeth in Minneapolis’ clubs in the ’20s. Bix Beiderbecke, whose sound was so pretty, Louis Armstrong himself spoke of its beauty, and whose fluid melodies inspired the Hoagy Carmichael classic, Stardust. And of course the great Ornette Coleman, whose free jazz restored the music’s fundamental spirit at the same time it pointed to the future. In this concert, Minneapolis-based pianist Bryan Nichols returns to the Atrium to lead the AJE through music from Charlie Parker, Ornette Coleman and others—exploring the singular musical contributions of some of jazz’s great iconoclasts.

Jazz in the Target Atrium’s 2015-16 Season: The New Regionalism

This season, Jazz in the Target Atrium celebrates our region’s vibrancy and adds a Twin Cities twist to the story of jazz as written in legendary halls across the country. This great American art form has been nurtured in many ways, from New Orleans and New York to Chicago, Kansas City and beyond. Now the Atrium Jazz Ensemble steps up to take its place among the musicians who guide jazz into the future.

The Atrium Jazz Ensemble—the house orchestra for Jazz in the Target Atrium at Orchestra Hall, led by Artistic Director Jeremy Walker—is a fluid group whose size shifts with the programs. Performing are some of the region’s finest musicians and composers, presenting original music rooted in jazz found anywhere from Texas to our own twin towns.

Listen to the November 19, 2015 performance of NY Looms Large with Ron Miles

Broadcast Partner

KBEM 88.5 Jazz 88 FM

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BEETHOVEN
Symphony No. 5

Symphonic Adventures performances bring the entire Orchestra to metro-area high schools for dynamic, one-hour concerts designed for secondary students.

Each Symphonic Adventure program will be hosted by Orchestra violist Sam Bergman, who will introduce students to the music, musicians and key concepts before the symphonic work is performed.

Please note: this concert is closed to the general public.


Did you know? The Minnesota Orchestra has several discount programs for students, educators and families. Learn more »

Music learning programs like this are made possible with the generous support of donors, including the Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra through The Bellwether Fund. Give today to help inspire future musicians, conductors and audiences! Give now »

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The extraordinary talent of our musicians shines in these rich and diverse chamber music concerts programmed and performed by members of the Minnesota Orchestra.

HINDEMITH
Morgenmusik (Morning Music)

SCHUMANN
String Quartet in A minor

MENDELSSOHN
Trio in C minor for Violin, Cello and Piano

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